Unitized involves the legal framework for how the ownership of the gas is divided up. All the mineral rights owners in that unit own a share of the gas. A unit must be formed and a drilling permit issued before drilling will begin. You should get legal notice in the mail before a unit is formed.
I'm a little puzzled by that "drilling" road off of Keith road. There's not permit for a well in that section. I guess someone could be preparing a road and pad based on the assumption that they'll get a unit and a well permit and drill later.
That road could be going to the T16N R14W S19, too. It's permitted and is waiting for a unitization hearing in July.
There seem to be wells all around my section. How do I know that my minerals aren't being pulled off by a horizontal well? What rights do the owners in my section have if there are horizontal wells going into our section?
Abby, the spacing rules for wells insure a well in the adjacent section is draining the natural gas from under your section. The rules state a well cannot be completed in more than one section (unit). Any horizontal well proposed for your section will be completed only in your section and only the mineral owners in your section will share in the production.
KB says, "Now, if a horizontal well bore goes under your section, first, the operator has to have permission to do so."
KB, am I correct that you're discussing what happens if the well bore passes under your section to get to another section, but doesn't draw any oil or gas from under your section? I think this is pretty rare unless there's some impediment such as water from drilling the well from within the section.
Do they only have to have permission from the landowners whose land the bore passes under? Other landowners in the "drill from" section would have no say.
Abby, please look at the attached permit for a well in Section 26, especially the diagram on page 3. You will see how the permit limits the completion to a single section. In a few cases the surface location can be in one section while the lateral in is in an adjacent section. In that case only the mineral owners where the lateral is located will share in the production.
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